Here at Virgie Binford Education Center (VBEC), we are busy exploring and creating pathways to success for our students. Our theme for this school year is #TranscendwithGRACE (Growing our mindset, Restorative justice, Activism, Career exploration, and Exemplifying excellence). Virgie Binford has the unique task of understanding, recognizing, and educating a large number of students who come with unresolved emotional, mental, and physical trauma that must be dealt with. Our staff uses trauma informed care strategies that work to ensure student engagement; and, that ensure curricula is taught with kindness and understanding. Each day is embraced as a new opportunity to amplify students’ voices and show them how to grow in GRACE.
This school year we welcomed two new members to our team- Ms. Courtney Davis, English Department Chair and Mr. Frank Chavez, Art Department Chair. Our beloved 2019 teacher of the year, Mr. Rodney Robinson, has moved from his role as Social Studies teacher at VBEC to being the newest member of the recruitment team for our district. Thank you for your service, Mr. Robinson!
To our parents, students, and affiliates, we are working diligently to ensure that our students are leaving us with new strategies and skills to be successful. We are facing historic challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but together we will transcend with grace!
Always in Service,
Principal Ta’Neshia Ford
21 Tips for a Positive New Year
1. Stay Positive. You can listen to the cynics and doubters and believe that success is impossible or you can trust that with faith and an optimistic attitude all things are possible.
2. Take a daily "Thank You Walk." You can’t be stressed and thankful at the same time. Feel blessed and you won’t be stressed.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and less foods manufactured in plants.
4. Talk to yourself instead of listen to yourself. Instead of listening to your complaints, fears and doubts, talk to yourself with words of truth and encouragement.
5. Post a sign that says "No Energy Vampires Allowed." Gandhi said, "I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet," and neither should you! Watch This.
6. Be a Positive Team Member. Being positive doesn’t just make you better, it makes everyone around you better.
7. Don't chase success. Decide to make a difference and success will find you. [ Tweet This ]
8. Get more sleep. You can't replace sleep with a double latte.
9. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control.
10. Look for opportunities to Love, Serve and Care. You don’t have to be great to serve but you have to serve to be great.
11. Live your purpose. Remember why you do what you do. We don't get burned out because of what we do. We get burned out because we forget why we do it.
12. Remember, there's no such thing as an overnight success. Love the process and you’ll love what the process produces.
13. Trust that everything happens for a reason and expect good things to come out of challenging experiences.
15. Read more books than you did in 2020.
16. Don't seek happiness. Instead live with love, passion and purpose and happiness will find you.
17. Focus on "Get to" vs "Have to." Each day focus on what you get to do, not what you have to do. Life is a gift not an obligation.
18. The next time you "fail" remember that it’s not meant to define you. It’s meant to refine you.
19. Smile and laugh more. They are natural antidepressants.
20. Boost your immune system and health. Eat wild salmon, turmeric, blueberries. Take vitamin C, D and zinc.
21. Enjoy the ride. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy it.
WE ARE GOING TO HAVE AN AMAZING YEAR!!!!
Family Support Helpline - Questions about reopening? Call the RPS Family Support Helpline at (804) 780-6195 and learn more about other resources available to families.
"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras
Dear #RPSStrong Family, I want to extend a huge thank you to my guests on RPS Live! tonight: Principal Anderson (Blackwell ES), Principal Powell (Cary ES), Principal Hartsfield (MLK PS), Principal London (Henderson MS), and Principal Murray (Marshall HS). If you missed it, I strongly encourage you to catch the video on the RPS Facebook page. It's like watching a TED talk on leadership - but even better. Please join me in expressing our profound gratitude to these extraordinary leaders, and the many others in RPS they represent! As you might recall, in December we celebrated Inclusive Schools Week and we asked our students to submit a t-shirt design to promote inclusion. I'm thrilled to announce the winner: Bella Brownlee, a 4th grade student at Linwood Holton Elementary School!
Dear #RPS Strong Family, I'm reaching out with this special RPS Direct to share the following COVID-19 positive test result/s: Fairfield Court Elementary School - 1 staff member (last there on 1/21) George W. Carver Elementary School - 1 staff member (last there on 12/18) Mary Munford Elementary School - 1 student (not physically present this school year) Transportation Department - 1 staff member (last at South Bus Compound and Thomas C. Boushall Middle School on 1/12) Woodville Elementary School - 1 student (not physically present this school year) Please reach out to your primary care provider if you have any concerns, or contact the Richmond City Health District (RCHD) by calling their COVID-19 hotline: (804) 205-3501. Please also continue to wear your mask, stay physically distant, and wash your hands. Our number one priority remains the health and safety of our students, staff, and families. Towards that end, we will continue to work in close collaboration with RCHD to ensure the well-being of the entire RPS community.